Association Implementation Report on Georgia released

On 6 February, the European Commission published their Association implementation report on Georgia, which set out the state of play on Georgia’s implementation of its commitments under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement since the EU-Georgia Association Council meeting on 5 March 2019.

The report stated that “the EU regards Georgia as a key partner in the region and continues fully to support its sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, [and that] Georgia continues to be fully committed to and actively participates in the Eastern Partnership multilateral architecture.”

In relation to Georgia’s visa-free regime with the EU, the report stated that almost 900.000 visits have been made by Georgian citizens since its entry into force. However, the number of asylum requests made by Georgians in EU/Schengen countries remained high in 2019, exceeding the overall number of asylum requests in 2018 and 2017, ranking Georgian nationals amongst the top nationalities requesting international protection in the EU, but Georgia has continued to pro-actively address the challenge of increased unfounded asylum applications.

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